Zelensky Urges Ukranians To Have “Patience And Faith” During A Defiant Christmas
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urges Ukrainians to have "patience and faith" during a defiant Christmas. In his speech, he told his people to keep going even though Russiawas attacking them, as the country was getting ready to celebrate in this season of joy and love. He remarkably said: "Freedom comes at a high price. But slavery has an even higher price."
Millions of Ukrainians are currently without access to electricity, heating, and running water as a result of Russian missile and drone attacks. Officials in the city of Kherson in southern Ukrainesaid 10 people were killed by Russian jet strikes earlier on Saturday.
Local authorities reported 68 more injuries and issued an urgent plea for blood donations. Mr. Zelensky called Russia a "terrorist country" and claimed Russian forces murder for the sake of fear and pleasure. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president posted graphic images of streets littered with bodies and burned automobiles. He captioned: "The world must see and understand what absolute evil we are fighting against."
Last month, Ukraine retook Kherson, the sole regional capital that Russia had occupied since it began its full-scale assault on February 24. Since then, Russian soldiers on the eastern side of the Dnipro River have often attacked the area from the left bank.
Moscow has denied hitting civilian areas numerous times. President Putin, however, has just confessed that Russian troops have actively attacked Ukrainian energy infrastructure. The majority of Ukrainians follow the Orthodox Christian faith, hence Christmas Eve (the most important holiday celebration) falls on January 6. Increasing numbers of believers, however, are following the lead of the vast majority of Christians worldwide and marking the occasion on December 24.
Mr. Zelensky stated in a video message to the country late on Saturday:
We endured at the beginning of the war. We endured attacks, threats, nuclear blackmail, terror, and missile strikes. Let's endure this winter because we know what we are fighting for. We will celebrate our holidays! As always. We will smile and be happy. As always. The difference is one. We will not wait for a miracle. After all, we create it ourselves.
In his Christmas message, Zelensky said that this year, all holidays are bitter for the country that is under attack. He expressed:
We can feel the traditional Spirit of Christmas differently. Dinner at the family table cannot be so tasty and warm. There may be empty chairs around it. And our houses and streets can’t be so bright. And Christmas bells can ring not so loudly and inspiringly. Through air raid sirens, or even worse – gunshots and explosions.- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
He said that Ukraine had been fighting evil forces for three hundred and eight days. He said, "in this battle, we have another powerful and effective weapon. The hammer and sword of our spirit and consciousness. The wisdom of God. Courage and bravery. Virtues that incline us to do good and overcome evil."
Speaking directly to the Ukrainian people, he stressed that even if communication services and the internet were down, the country would sing Christmas songs louder than the sound of a power generator and hear the voices and greetings of families "in our hearts."
And even in total darkness – we will find each other – to hug each other tightly. And if there is no heat, we will give a big hug to warm each other.- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine’s Zelensky hails country’s courage at Christmas in face of Russian strikes
According to the BBC's Hugo Bachega in Kyiv, many Ukrainians will spend Christmas shivering in the dark. Reports say that as the 11th month of the war starts, Ukrainians say that the hard times have only made them stronger. On Saturday, fighting was still very bad in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Russian troops attacked the important town of Bakhmut.
On the other hand, Putin said in an interview with state TV on Sunday that he is ready to "negotiate with everyone involved in this process about acceptable solutions" to the war in Ukraine. The state newsagency of Russia, TASS, reported this and used Putin's words as a source.
I don't think it is so dangerous, I think we are moving in the right direction, protecting our national interests and the interests of our citizens, our people. And we simply have no other choice but to protect our citizens. We are ready to negotiate with everyone involved in this process about acceptable solutions, but it's up to them. It’s not us who is refusing to negotiate, it's them.- Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of Russia